Take a moment to get to know some extraordinary Paul Mitchell The School Michigan alumni.
Their stories speak to the power of dreaming big—and getting a great education.
Tina Black had a successful 18-year career as a dental hygienist, but her husband Bryan Black saw her tremendous potential and knew she was destined to do great things for people and the world. In April 1998 they purchased Great Lakes Academy of Hair Design in Port Huron, Michigan, and Tina decided to become a cosmetologist. She completed the program at her own school and became an instructor there. When she heard about the newly forming Paul Mitchell Schools network, she jumped at the opportunity and immediately flew out to meet the company’s dean and cofounder, Winn Claybaugh. Tina loved what she heard and her school soon became Paul Mitchell The School Great Lakes, one of the 10 original Paul Mitchell Schools.
Tina owned a salon from 1999 to 2006, including two years with internationally renowned salon owner, celebrity stylist, and educator Kelly Cardenas, her longtime mentor. Among other things, Kelly taught Tina how to teach her staff and students to become financially independent. In January 2015, Tina and her daughter Brianna became co-owners of a Ken Paves Salon, founded by one of the most sought-after hairstylists in the fashion and entertainment industries.
Knowing she wanted to do more and inspire more future professionals, Tina opened a second school in 2006: Paul Mitchell The School Michigan, in Sterling Heights. She wore many hats at that school, including learning leader, motivational speaker, success coach, education leader, and dream maker. Inspired by the book Be Nice (Or Else!) by Winn Claybaugh, Tina and her school director, Shaun Chiodo, developed a student-run program called the Be Nice Team; the concept has spread to all Paul Mitchell Schools. Tina also serves as a partner appraisal leader (PAL), mentoring other school owners in the Paul Mitchell Schools network, and she worked closely with Dr. Susan Swearer, Professor of School Psychology for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, to write the N-Lighten self-empowerment and anti-bullying curriculum for all Paul Mitchell Schools. Tina’s current project, a leadership networking team called Generation Compass, will train, inspire, and prepare the millennial generation for the workforce.
Under Tina’s leadership, her two Michigan schools have won many awards within the Paul Mitchell Schools network for leadership, culture, facilities (best Wash House and Color Bar), and best store front, to name a few. She has now branched out to Florida, where she opened Paul Mitchell The School Fort Myers in 2011. Tina is heavily involved in the network’s annual FUNraising Campaign, which has raised millions of dollars for organizations like Cancer Schmancer, Food 4 Africa, Morris Animal Foundation, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, to name just a few. Tina’s schools routinely rank among the top 10 fundraising schools, out of more than 100 Paul Mitchell Schools nationwide.
Tina has spent countless hours becoming the leader and mentor she is today. She is a John Maxwell Team certified coach and was personally coached for many years by Mary Burlingame, director of coaching for Paul Mitchell Advanced Education. Tina has been a keynote speaker for numerous organizations, including Compass, Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and salons, hair shows, and nonprofits, discussing topics such as “Get Your Leadership On,” “Leading the Next Generation of Leaders,” and “What Your Boss Won’t Tell You.” Tina and her business partner Shaun Chiodo lead online mastermind groups, training salon owners and managers in business and leadership principles. She recently partnered with other authors and speakers to develop the Detroit Leadership Initiative Team, which will train small-business owners on leadership. Her first book will be available by spring 2016. She also serves on the board of directors for the nonprofit Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation.
Tina’s passion to help people see their true potential and make the world a better place has led her to mission trips in Guatemala with the John Maxwell Team to train more than 25,000 leaders in all sectors of leadership. She dreams of traveling internationally with the John Maxwell Team as opportunities arise, opening more schools and salons, and mentoring and motivating everyone she meets.
For more information, visit www.TinaBlack.net and sign up for Tina’s Desk weekly leadership messages.
Steven is a graduate of Paul Mitchell the School Michigan, and serves as the design team leader at Paul Mitchell The School Michigan. In addition to hair, his hobbies include crafts, photography, longboarding, biking, and fashion. He's a believer of Woody Allen's philosophy, that "80% of percent of success is showing up."
Shaun is the director of Paul Mitchell The School Michigan, and has taken on the director role of Paul Mitchell The School Great Lakes and, most recently, Paul Mitchell The School Fort Myers.
After graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Michigan, Shaun worked in a salon for a brief period of time. While there, he discovered that his passion was the success of Future Professionals, so he returned to take the Learning Leader course. Shaun taught the Final Phase class and served as assistant to the education leader and Learning Leader adviser for a year, prior to becoming the sales and operations leader, a role well-suited to his background. He inspires his Future Professionals because he is constantly achieving his goals although he is still young.
As a result of his hard work with the Free Hugs campaign, Juann Mann selected him to represent Paul Mitchell Schools throughout the country. Shaun serves as the "Be Nice (or Else!)" team leader, facilitating the monthly conference calls to help spread the "Being nice" and "Giving back" message to all 110 Paul Mitchell Schools. He also shares his passion for business and success on the stage in front of owners and directors. Dedicated to the various networks of our schools, Shaun dreams of one day owning his own Paul Mitchell School. He believes that success comes when you live a life of productivity on a mission toward a worthwhile goal that brings you happiness, passion, and fulfillment!
Although her father was one of the most famous black hair stylists in his time, Jocelyn never thought she would be a hair stylist. Soon after being let go from a job, a friend of hers insisted she attend Paul Mitchell Schools. She did and her life has never been the same!
Q: How did you get your first job after graduating?
A: While attending Paul Mitchell The School Michigan, I entered into a competition selling hair products with my friends and won a trip to a Grand Rapids hair show. We were invited to go backstage before the show where we met Robert Cromeans and his team. The next morning, my group was invited to help prep hair for Robert’s show. Nine months later I moved to California and I worked for Robert for almost five years.
Q: What advice do you have?
A: Charity events are where connections are born! And remember your greatness is not measured by being a salon owner or a celebrity stylist, it’s being able to make someone feel beautiful on their big day and every day.
Q: Have you ever worked in entertainment?
A: My clients work directly with artists such as Nicki Minaj and Rhianna. I have done hair for TV shows and I’ve worked events such as the Oscars, Grammys, and LA Fashion week.
Fernando is a native of Port Huron, Michigan and is currently a hairstylist at the Kelly Cardenas Salon in Carlsbad, California. Cosmetology has opened so many opportunities for him, including IBS shows and styling hair for international DJ Steve Aoki. Through hair, he hopes to inspire others to never give up on their dreams.
Q: How did you get your first job after graduating?
A: While at Paul Mitchell The School Michigan, a few of the girls from the KCS Chicago Salon came in as guest speakers. From the moment they started to speak about the company culture, I knew that’s where I wanted to be! I followed them all on social media and won my way to a retreat with Kelly Cardenas, the owner of the Kelly Cardenas Salons. I later went to a hiring event, did two hang dates, moved to Carlsbad, CA, and have been with KCS Chicago Salon since June 2014.
Q: The best advice I ever got was...
A: To say yes to every opportunity that came my way. I had so many great opportunities while in school that helped me get to where I am today.
Q: My advice for Future Professionals is...
A: To never give up on their dreams. Set small goals and make a timeline. Your dreams will all fall into place!
Lydia Davis is the founder of Express Extension Kits and co-owner of The Perfect Hair Company. Lydia is an educator in every area of cosmetology, and specializes in hair extension application and removal. She created a hair extension curriculum and tool kit, the “Express Extension Kit,” which she uses to train and certify everyone, from students to licensed cosmetologists, thus adding value to their present and future careers. This has landed her an opportunity as an approved educator with Paul Mitchell Schools. As an entrepreneur who is continuing to expand in the beauty industry, Lydia continues to mentor, coach, and inspire others by sharing her knowledge and providing growth opportunities. She has multiple training centers worldwide, which offer learning and business opportunities in continued education. Lydia believes that anything is possible with proper focus and positive energy. This has been the principle guiding force behind her success.
Nick has been a stylist with Glitz for five years, through which some amazing opportunities have presented themselves. He has worked as a color educator for Goldwell for the past two years, and traveled to different academies and shows around the world. He has been named Best Hair Stylist in Detroit three years in a row, and has been published in Modern Salon Magazine and Behind The Chair Magazine.
Q: What do you do?
A: Behind the chair I am considered a color specialist; day to day, I am working with hair painting, color correction, and advanced formulation. Goldwell also gives me the opportunity to travel and share my education with other salons and stylists!
Q: Are there other PMTS-Michigan graduates working at your salon(s)?
A: Yes, we have four salon locations so we carry a huge number of stylists. There are many stylists at all four locations that have attended Paul Mitchell The School Michigan.
Q: My advice for Future Professionals is ...
A: Find a salon that works for you, your personality, your style, where you fit! A salon with a great education background that will send you on update training and bring educators into the salon for socialized training.
Q: Do you have a favorite quotation?
A: “Your LIGHT is only as strong as the DARK that sits beside it.” —John C. Simpson